Vijay, Prabhu Deva: trying to outdo the original
Vijay is trying to revive his fortunes in Tamil after a pretty bad 2006. His team up with Prabhu Deva, debuting as director in Tamil, for the film Pokkiri has already received positive vibes from the industry and is getting ready for Pongal 2007. By this time all readers would be aware of the fact that Pokkiri is a remake of the Telugu superhit by the same name. But it is not going to be just a remake! Interested, read on.
When one says that the movie will not be ‘just’ a remake of the original, what does it mean? This time it means that the remake is going to be one step above the original. ‘Not easy’ are the first two words that come to mind. To improve upon something that was close to perfection is not at all an easy task. But the cast and crew of Pokkiri are out to make it happen and leading from the front is Vijay himself.
He has reportedly stored the entire Telugu original on his laptop and carries it with him all the time. Before each shot is taken, he watches the corresponding scene from the Telugu original and studies how it had been taken.
He then discusses with his director different ways in which the shot can be improvised. It sure is hard work and it looks like it will pay of. There might be skeptics who tell that a remake can only be inferior to the original. All those skeptics might do well to remember that Ghilli was a remake of the Telugu hit Okkadu. Compare the movies and judge for yourself. Incidentally Ghilli too was a Vijay starrer.
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